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Marejon Sue Shrode, 93, of Mount Vernon, Illinois passed away on July 3, 2017 at her residence in Mount Vernon, Illinois. She was born January 29, 1924 in Mount Vernon, Illinois to parents, John LeRoy and Vivienne Elizabeth (Fly) Shrode.
Miss Shrode is survived by her cousins, Robert S. Tibbetts and wife Sandra Porst, Mark S. Tibbetts and wife Michaela, Peter M. Tibbetts and wife Christine Hilbert, Wendy R. Tibbetts and husband, Randy Shmitz, Jonathan Tibbetts, and Julianna Tibbetts.
Sue attended Mary Institute in Saint Louis, Missouri, class of 1942 and graduated from Bennett College School for Girls in New York. From the late 1940s to the 1960s, Sue Shrode would meet and work with some of the most significant potters in the world or clay: Bernard Leach, Sh?ji Hamada, Soyetsu Yanagi, Peter Voulkos, and Marguerite Wildenhain. She moved to California in 1946 to study at UCLA. Beginning in the late 1940s, Ms. Shrode and friends began high fire reduction firing, among the first to do so in southern California. Ms. Shrode wrote to Bernard Leach who then proceeded to help Shrode and friends with their quest for better glazes. Shrode would ultimately take workshops with both Bernard Leach and Sh?ji Hamada at Mills College in Oakland, California and Chouinard Art Institute, Los Angeles. In the 1950s, she studied with Marguerite Wildenhain at the famed potter and teachers home Pond Farm, on the Russian River, Guerneville, California. Wildenhain is highly regarded for her philosophy of combining technique with moral outlook. Shrode gave full credit to Wildenhain for teaching her how to throw pots. Soon afterwards, in the 1960s, Peter Voulkos was teaching at LA County Art Institute where Miss Shrode met him and studied firsthand his groundbreaking innovations. Around 1964, Sue came back to Mount Vernon after living for about 18 years in southern California learning the craft and philosophies of pottery making. Shrode began teaching pottery at the Mount Vernon Art Guild and taught pottery until the Art Guild moved to the Museum campus. She would teach weaving and other classes at the Cedarhurst Center for the Arts from 1980 to 2000. Over the long arc of her artistic life, she has owned a ceramic shop in California, and made her own pots and glazes. She pursued work as a painter, metal sculptor, macramé, jewelry weaving, and computer-generated art. In the 1980s, she was exploring the digital realms of the Apple Macintosh computer and programs such as Photoshop. Sue Shrode has won numerous awards and recognitions, and had her work in the collection of the Jocelyn Art Museum., Omaha and the John A. Logan College in Carterville, Illinois. At Cedarhurst, there is an early ceramic work from 1957, Moon House, on display and Pretty Pink, 2012, a mixed-media embroidery whose image was computer-generated. Sue Shrode continued to support her hometown, its museum, and her friends and community through her generous spirit and love of the arts. In many ways, Sue Shrode remained the artistic heart of Mount Vernon. She was a member of the Oakwood Cemetery Association and Trinity Episcopal Church in Mount Vernon. Her family is very grateful to Marilyn Griffith and Penelope and Candace Fuller for their wonderful care and friendship. She will be sadly missed by her many friends here in Mount Vernon and her family.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date with The Very Reverend Bill Howard and Father Ben Hankinson officiating.
A Private Burial will be held at Oakwood Cemetery in Mount Vernon, Illinois.
Memorials: Shrode Art Center
Call Hughey Funeral Home at 618-242-3348 or visit hugheyfh.com for further information.
Published on July 5, 2017
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